Flying after a facelift: Dr. Konstantin on traveling safely

Get ready for (face)lift-off! Dr. Konstantin discusses the risks of flying post-op and being safe in your travels.

COVID-19 has presented all of us with new safety measures to ensure we and those around us remain as healthy as possible. Should you find yourself travelling by plane during this pandemic, there are certainly right and wrong ways to do so. Wearing a mask, maintaining distance, following orders of the CDC. But what about if on top of that, you’ve also just received a surgical cosmetic procedure?

As a highly recognized cosmetic surgeon and facelift expert, Dr. Konstantin has patients that come to his New York City office from various points across the globe, both within the country and internationally. While this is a great honor and is much appreciated, Dr. K has a serious message for those flying shortly after being operated on.

Due to the potential of unhealed skin within the first seven days of recovery, Doctor Konstantin urges patients to not board a return flight home until at least one week after surgery. Airplane passengers experience drastic changes in altitude and pressure in the duration of their flight. Freshly operated-on skin behaves similarly to a plastic water bottle or a party balloon in the air, expanding greatly with the rising altitude and dropping pressure, only to then “deflate” and shrivel on the way down. Blood vessels in the face, too, expand and deflate with the drastic pressure changes that occur when flying. The most common result of flying prematurely after surgery is intense facial swelling, which, aside from being aesthetically undesirable, can be quite painful. However, changing air pressure also affects your blood pressure, which can have serious effects like bleeding and clotting.

If you find yourself flying relatively soon after your procedure, there are ways to prevent swelling or other unpleasant occurrences from happening. Staying active before your flight, being well hydrated, and stretching whenever possible on the plane are ways to decrease the chance of any complications.

Wherever you are coming from, flying to New York City for a facelift from Dr. Konstantin will not be a decision you regret. Just be sure to discuss your return plan with your surgeon before boarding your airplane home. To hear Dr. K speak more about travel precautions, watch this video. After you’ve planned and prepared, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your flight.


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Dr. Konstantin Vasyukevich

Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Konstantin is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon specializing in artful treatment of the aging face, eyelids, and neck. He performs more than 1,000 facial cosmetic procedures annually, making him one of the busiest facial plastic surgeons in Manhattan.

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Dr. Konstantin Vasyukevich is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery for patients throughout New York City, Manhattan, and Brooklyn. His expertise includes facelifts, brow lifts, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), rhinoplasty, and cosmetic injectables including BOTOX® Cosmetic and fillers.